Bustan (Orchard) of Sa'di

Calligrapher Mir 'Ali al-Husaini
Author Sa'di Iranian

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This copy of the Bustan (Orchard) of the poet Sa’di marries fine nasta’liq text with a sumptuous and seemingly infinite array of color combinations. The colors of text panels, borders, and margins vary; facing leaves do not match. The manuscript contains five paintings done in the style of Bukhara, so the book must have been executed there during the period of Mir ‘Ali’s forced residency

Bustan (Orchard) of Sa'di, Mir 'Ali al-Husaini, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather binding

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Fol. 61 v: A polo game.